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This year's AKA programme is packed with events (almost all of which I am missing by being back in Dublin!) and a real credit to the organising committee and the City itself.
My images had a great reception from what I saw and heard first hand and hopefully they're being well received in my absence. I was asked some great questions about the work, the women and about alopecia in general. The work is not for sale and by being exhibited, they are fulfilling their purpose as well as my own brief.
I left a sample book there, which was back and forth from the shelf while I was in the venue, giving people and opportunity to see all of the images in print. Many people were and are familiar with the images of course but seeing this selection framed and printed by the amazing guys at Inspirational Arts is no comparison to seeing them online of course.
Old Mill Pictures created a week #1 wrap up video of the Festival (you can find me at 1':51" if you're quick!).
This was as a result of Spin Talk doing a feature on Alopecia today, which was great, with varied callers, male and female and of all ages.
It seems they saw the piece on Journal.ie but it was great timing with the work currently being exhibited in Kilkenny.
Time was short and I tried to cram as much as I could into the interview but of course it is something that I could talk about forever and there is never enough time!
I was interviewed about my work, An Uncommon Beauty, a subject I've naturally spoke a lot about. John, a very experienced journalist, was great, welcoming and made very relevant points and asked some good questions.
The radio station gave away a copy of my An Uncommon Beauty book (hardcover), so congrats to the winner wherever you are!
I've no trouble talking about the work or my experience around it but being live on air is something that you have to both be aware of and forget at the same time!
Thanks also to producer Eimear who put the morning together.
Alternative Kilkenny Arts (AKA) is a collaboration of people living in Kilkenny who have an interest in or practice within the arts around the City and County. Alternative Kilkenny Arts Fringe Festival provides a great opportunity for many not involved in the main programme to exhibit, perform, recite and activate their work around the City during the Festival. There has from time to time been a tradition of an informal fringe programme to compliment the main festival. But it has been inconsistent. AKA is endeavouring to bring together these strands under a single programme to promote a diverse range of artistic and creative talent, offer a platform and to raise awareness to patrons of the festival that all of this is going on in our City; all of the time!
© Anthony Griffin Photography 2016
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'Photographer, Anthony Griffin summed it all in the very recent photo-shoot he did where he beautifully captured several female Alopecia sufferers that “It can result in social phobia, anxiety and depression, especially for women for whom a deep, personal relationship between hair and self-esteem has existed throughout history, philosophy and religion.'
Oguns, J. and thewillnigeria.com, (2016). Mc Wazobia Stole My Video & Turned It Into Comedy Skit!- Alopecia Sufferer Claims. [online] TheNigerianVoice. Available at: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/movie/208904/mc-wazobia-stole-my-video-turned-it-into.html [Accessed 9 Mar. 2016].
It was very apt that Paddy had the opportunity to speak about her personal experience of alopecia on International Women's Day. She presented a very honest but positive account of living with alopecia, in sync with my work's own aims.
Every woman to whom I spoke about alopecia had their own unique account and experience and even today, I continued to learn. Audio below.